There’s construction mayhem on the stretch of street running past Marcello’s Pizzeria – heavy machinery, barricades, traffic backed up. In 2005 the city of Toronto began working on a new rapid transit line running through a stretch of St. Clair West
It was 1981: The infancy of an era marked by Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, keyboard synthesizers, big hair and bigger recessions, also marked a new life for Samira and Nash Shariff. Toting their two boys, Naheed and Faisel, the Shariff’s left the east African country of Kenya for Edmonton. Twenty-eight years later the family has passed the 25 year milestone with Boston Pizza as the franchisees of four locations worth $15 million.
It was with great honour that I attended this year’s World Pizza Championship games in Italy as a judge for the pizza baking competitions. The oldest and the largest of world pizza games, this event attracts the most international contenders. For the past three years I’ve been a competitor, so when I was invited to be a judge I thought it would be interesting to see the games from the other side of the table, not to mention a huge honour and feather in my cap.
Nestled on the pebbly pristine northern shores of Lake Superior, the remote Ontario town of Marathon is an unsuspecting candidate for regular live music rock-outs. Thanks to the husband and wife team of Beverlee and Andrew Coulter, owners of the local Pizza Hut, the folks who call Marathon home can look forward to weekly bands on Wednesdays for all of July and August.
There’s something about boats and water that draws crowds, says Terry Radey. Each summer, the Ontario businessman watches some 200,000 people find their way down to a quiet little spot on the Trent-Severn Waterway to watch pleasure craft cruise up to Lock 34 in Fenelon Falls.
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But pizza wasn’t always the plan. Stankiewicz found himself working in someone else’s pizza shop in the mid-’90s, a far cry from his original pursuit of car design. “I think the kitchen was the last place on my mind,” he says in retrospect.
Do you have the best pizza in Canada? Now is the time to show us your stuff. The Canadian Pizza magazine’s Chef of the Year contest is on and we’re looking for your entry. Send us your favourite recipe plus a 100 word explanation on why your pizza deserves to be the best.
September 17th, 2008, marked the opening of the first Papa John’s pizza franchise in Ontario. Located in Belleville, this is the company’s inaugural attempt at breaking into the lucrative pizza trade in the country’s most populous province.
Pizzeria Gusto, Winnipeg’s new upscale pizza restaurant, is doing a “boffo” business after being open just a couple of months. Co-owner Bobby Mottola reports that customers at the 60-seat restaurant have to wait as much as an hour to be seated.
Drive through any major Canadian city and you will see rows upon rows of fast food restaurants along their main drags, all serving the same thin: the burger.
Thompson in northern Manitoba is a mining community, the kind of place where people go to make a lot of money quickly then move on. 
Winnipeg-based pizza chain Pizza Hotline’s ambitious goal of reaching 100 franchise outlets in western Canada within the next five years is proceeding on schedule.
When Baska Nagalingham left his war-torn country of Sri Lanka for a new life in Canada, little did he know that making dough would take on a whole new meaning.
Pizza entrepreneur Corey Wildeman is proving once again that sex sells. While he expected that his new pizza delivery business – Porno Pizza – featuring sexually explicit photos on the bottom of his pizza boxes would attract some media attention, he says that he is surprised at the extent of the media storm whirling around him.

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